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How should I convert and format a video for upload?

Updated: 03/27/2014

CONVERSION OF YOUR VIDEOS IS TYPICALLY NOT NEEDED UNLESS YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES WITH THE FORMAT, CODEC, OR THE SIZE OF THE VIDEO.  TRY UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO OR SMALL SAMPLE TO SEE IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS BEFORE YOU DO THE FOLLOWING CONVERSION PROCESS.

We recommend a .mov file with the h.264 video codec. Audio should be AAC 128kbps (stereo or mono only, no surround sound).

You may use any video software you would like as long as it is capable of outputting these settings. We recommend MPEG StreamClip. Download and install MPEG Streamclip (PC and Mac).

Note: On Windows you may need to install the Quicktime player for the h.264 codec to show up in MPEG Streamclip. Get Quicktime here.

How to Use MPEG StreamClip

Open MPEG StreamClip and drag your video file into the main window of the MPEG Streamclip application.

In MPEG Streamclip, choose File -> Export to Quicktime. You'll see this:

Choose these settings:

  • Compression: H.264

FYI: Check the 'Limit Data Rate' button, which will override the quality slider. This is important, otherwise you will be creating an unnecessarily bloated file which will slow down or stall your upload.

Be sure to input the data rate as follows depending on the resolution size of your video:

  • Full HD (1080p) 1920x1080 - 8.0 Mbps
  • Hi-Def(720p) 1280x720 - 3.2Mbps
  • Mid-Def 960x540 - 1.8Mbps
  • iPod/DVD 640x480 - 1.2Mbps
  • Web 320x240 - 512Kbps


PLEASE NOTE: leave the 'Frame Size' setting at 'unscaled' unless you want to change the size of your video. The application defaults to leaving the video at whatever resolution your video already is.

*If your video is Progressive (ie. 1080p,720p, or 480p) deselect the 'interlaced' checkbox.

Sound: MPEG-4 AAC, Stereo, Auto HZ, 128kbps

Click the Make Movie button at the bottom right and when it's finished, you'll have a video file ready for SmugMug!

Upload to SmugMug

Now upload the .mov file to SmugMug.

Try Google Chrome and our HTML5 uploader.

Drag your video into the uploader box and give us a few minutes to process the file. When it's done, you're ready to show off, share or sell!